The Biggest Superhero Power Couples, Revealed

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For us it will always be Billy Kaplan and Teddy Altman aka the Young Avengers’ Wiccan and Hulkling, followed by Midnighter and Apollo.

Slots Up: In the 21st century, superheroes rule popular culture. Every year, with the release of a new movie or TV show, the popularity of superheroes around the world continues to rise.

With great power, comes even greater responsibility. As the popularity of superheroes has grown over the years, so has audience expectations. How the super’s stories are told and how they connect to present day issues and sensibilities are becoming increasingly important to a superhero’s success.

But which caped crusader has been the most successful?

Our researchers here at SlotsUp have crunched the numbers to find out. Looking into a variety of factors including number of solo films, average IMDb rating, Google search volume, number of comic books, Amazon toy searches and profits at the box office, to give each and every masked vigilante a score out of 100.

We’ve revealed the top ten most successful superheroes, and we haven’t stopped there. We’ve also looked at the top ten male and female superheroes, top ten super-villains and even clashed comic book heavyweights, Marvel and DC, against each other to find out who comes out on top.

By combining the total scores, their research has uncovered the top 8 “super couples”, with the Joker and Harley Quinn triumphantly taking the top spot with 131.7 points out of 200.

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Here is how the rest of the “super couples” ranked:

  1. Joker and Harley Quinn = 131.7 / 200

  2. Batman & Catwoman = 102.2/200

  3. Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy = 72.4/200

  4. Iron man & black widow = 67.4/200

  5. Superman and Wonder Woman = 77.5/200

  6. Batman and Black Canary = 74.5/200

  7. Hulk and Black Widow = 54.2/200

  8. Wolverine and Jean Grey = 30.6/200

The Joker and Harley’s Quinn’s indulgently toxic relationship is one of the most famous ‘guilty pleasures’ in modern cinema. Pair that with the rising popularity of Harley Quinn’s character, thanks to the recent cartoon series and movie anthology starring Margot Robbie, it is no surprise that Quinn and the Joker’s relationship, popularised since 2016’s Suicide Squad, takes the top spot.

They are closely followed by another one of Gotham City’s complex hero / villain relationships between Batman and Catwoman. Their never-ending cat and bat chase game is a popular staple of the DC universe. Their on-screen relationship dates back as far as Batman #1 (Spring 1940), all the way up to the present day, in the upcoming 2022 movie, “The Batman”, starring Robert Pattinson as Batman and Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman.

Third place might be a surprise inclusion to some, with Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy’s lesbian relationship ranking high in the super-couples list. This long-awaited lesbian romance is perhaps a sign of improved LGBT+ representation within both the comic and film industries.

Surprisingly, the rankings revealed that Wolverine and Jean Grey come in dead last. Their relationship is one of the most complex in Marvel Comics history, with an infamous love triangle between them and Cyclops – which is also depicted in X-Men movie series. Even with 2000’s X-Men film playing a key role in the rise of the cinematic franchise, and earning $296 million worldwide against a slim $75 million budget (which was unheard of for superhero movies not involving Batman and Superman), that is still not enough to help the couple score better than 30.6 out of 200.

High-flying Heroes: Who Saves The Day?

Taking a closer look at the top two most successful superheroes with the Avengers’ very own web-slinging hero Spider-Man facing off against the Justice League’s Batman. 

Spider-Man falls short of Batman by a whole 7.9 points. A big factor in Batman’s success is his perfect ten out of ten scoring in four different categories, whereas Spider-Man only managed a perfect ten in one category – Cosplay.

Spider-Man was super successful in the cosplay department, with over 500,000 cosplayers using the hashtag “#spidermancosplay” on Instagram. Spidey’s cosplay score of ten actually doubles Batman’s cosplay score of five. But, Batman brought it home in the screen time, solo films, comic books and Reddit fans categories, with his scores in these rounds adding up to nearly a third of his overall score.

The two superheroes fought the closest battles in the IMDb rating and box office categories. Although both heroes scored highly, Spider-Man pulled off a shock victory with scores of 9.2 to Batman’s 8.8 in the IMDb ratings and 9.3 to 8.8 at the box office.

The search volume category was also closest contested. Despite finishing above Spider-Man overall, Batman fell to another surprising defeat in this category by only scoring 4.5 out of 10, compared to Spidey’s 5.8. Spider-Man’s name received 3,480,000 searches on Google, while Batman only received 2,730,000.

Head-to-head Heroes: Avengers vs. Justice League

The Avengers famously fought against each other on the big screen in the 2016 movie, Captain America: Civil War, but which member of the Marvel gang is officially the most successful Avenger?

Despite being one of the youngest members of the Avengers team, our data shows that it is Spider-Man who is the most successful. Unsurprisingly, his overall score of 59.7 obliterates Captain America’s score of 36.8, shooting Spidey into first place.

Spider-Man even manages to outrank his mentor Iron Man, who places third with an overall score of 36.5, although Iron Man does still outscore Spider-Man in several categories including positive sentiment score and IMDb rating.

The absence of non-Avengers in this list sees superheroes Doctor Strange, Ant-Man and the Hulk burst into the top ten. The Hulk has the joint highest screen time of any Avenger (alongside Spider-Man) earning him a score of 3.2 out of 10. Meanwhile, Doctor Strange and Ant-Man each boast an admirable IMDb rating of 9.6 and 9.1 out of 10 respectively.

Methodology

Taking 30 popular superheroes and villains from Marvel and DC we found out how successful each character is by scoring each of them against ten factors, worth ten points each to work out a total score of 100. Our factors include:

  • Hours of screen time
  • Average solo film ratings on IMDb
  • Google search volume
  • Comic book appearances
  • Number of solo films
  • Solo film success at the box office
  • Number of Reddit community members
  • Number of Cosplay Instagram hashtags
  • Number of Amazon toy searches
  • Positive sentiment

Sources

Source: Slot’s Up